Zorawar Kalra, the force behind Farzi Café is bringing to Bombay his most ambitious project yet, KODE. Launched on June 19th, KODE is an innovative resto-bar offering a cuisine agnostic menu. By Pallavi Mehra
KODE, according to the Urban Dictionary is the “universal word for chill.” Launched on June 19th in Kamala Mills, Mumbai, KODE is a one-of-a-kind restaurant and bar offering a cuisine agnostic menu, which means you could be eating tacos alongside sushi and ramen. This menu will drastically change every three months, ushering a revolutionary dinning and bar experience, that reflects the latest trends in the world.
Designed by Masafumi Sanada, a Tokyo-based architect, KODE is an amalgamation of his Japanese sensibilities and Indian materials. The interiors are trendy and luxurious, with its central island bar, dim lighting, exposed natural stone from Rajasthan on the walls and a comfortable dinning area. The ambience transports you to a bar in New York or London.
The food menu is extensive, starting with a “To Ponder” section, which is a list of recommended appetizers paired with cocktails, followed by the more traditional, starters, mains and desserts sections. We sampled the “To Ponder” and appetizer sections. We munched on the Chicken Wings, Sesame Duck Tacos, Popcorn Prawns, savory Homemade Churros with Honey and Goat Cheese Mousse, Prawns in a Butter Sauce, Fresh Guacamole with Beetroot Chips and a mushroom dish. The appetizers were more than just bar finger-food, they had a lot of character and were delicious.
KODE introduces the concept of “Liquid Chefs” to India, where food is paired with the cocktails, rather than the other way round. KODE boasts an elaborate wine and spirits menu (batch gins, craft beers, vodkas, wines, and 150 whiskies) along with 10 distinct signature cocktails that are visually delightful.